TColleges and universities used to design and administer their own individual tests for students to gain admission in them. But from years now standardized tests have evolved which are administered by testing centers around the world and are used to measure a student’s aptitude to succeed academically.
The Graduate Management Test commonly known as GMAT is a test that’s conducted for students who want to gain admission into graduate business administration programs. The GMAT test consists of three parts, which are analytical writing assessment, quantitative section and verbal section. In the analytical writing assessment the student has to write two essays. The quantitative section consists of two sub-parts which test the problem solving and data sufficiency capabilities. The verbal section consists of sentence correction, critical reasoning and reading comprehension.
Students seeking to gain admission in renowned law schools are required to clear the Law School Admission Test commonly referred to as LSAT. This is a standardized test administered four times a year through designated centers in the world. LSAT measures the reading and verbal reasoning skills of students which are used by law schools to access applicants. LSAT is a half-day test that consists of reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning questions.
For students aspiring to become doctors Medical College Admission Test known as MCAT has to be taken. The test is offered at Prometric centers throughout the world twenty-five times a year. MCAT consists of four sections which are; physical science, verbal reasoning, writing sample, and biological sciences.
The Graduate Record Examination, known as GRE is a standardized test created and administered by the Educational Testing Service. This test is used for measuring students’ capabilities in a number of graduate schools in the United States and other English speaking countries. The test aims at measuring the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills.
The General Education Development test known as GED, are a group of five subject tests that when cleared, certify that the taker has American or Canadian Level high school academic skills. The American Council of Education is the sole developer of this test. The test was initially designed to help World War II veterans to civilian life.
The United States Medical License Examination known as USMLE is a three step examination to gain medical practicing license in the United States. The test accesses a doctor’s ability to apply their knowledge, concepts and principles and to show their aptitude to administer patient care. The examination is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
These in brief some of the exams and tests that need to be taken by students who are seeking admission in colleges and schools especially in the United States. There are a number of tuition centers and online websites that offer courses to students who seek help in preparing for an examination.